Eliot Nailles loves his wife and son to distraction; Paul Hammer is a bastard named after a common household tool. Neighbours in Bullet Park, the two become fatefully linked by the mysterious binding power of their names in Cheever's sharp and funny hymn to the dubious normality of the American suburbs.
"In a class by itself, not only among Cheever's work but among all novels I know"
"Cheever's deepest, most challenging book"
"John Cheever's prose is always a pleasure to read because it is both graceful and governed"
"A master American storyteller"
"Cheever writes a restrained, half -mocking hymn to the delusions of comfortable America which is a pleasure to read"
Next in our summer escapes series, we're reading about literature's best garden parties. So, from John Cheever to Zadie Smith, we've selected six of our favourites.
You already know that your favourite authors know how to wield a pen when it comes to writing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, but have you ever read any of their personal writing? We’ve compiled a list of outstanding diarists and correspondents to inspire you to pick up a pen this year.